In Other Motes of Other Myths

Hanna, Suzie, Bayley, Sally, Panizza, Nicole and Sanders, Hannah (2016) In Other Motes of Other Myths. [Show/Exhibition]


A collaborative project with Dr Nicole Panizza, Dr Hannah Sanders and Dr Sally Bayley at the Emily Dickinson International Society Conference in Paris 2016 ‘The Angled Road Preferred against the Mind’ Experimental Dickinson. Our performance referenced Emily’s folio of pieces that she played on the piano and songs she sang, as well as the fragments of poetry that she wrote on the edges of envelopes and scraps of paper. Emily sang when she wrote her poetry. Her poetic form is ‘musical’ and has been scored, orchestrated and interpreted as choral and Art Music for over a hundred years. Her work is set in school curricula, and she has become familiar to a huge international community. The pieces she played included much of the salon music of the time, large orchestral pieces re-arranged for domestic performance, as well as scored folk music, such as Rose of Allandale. We approached our improvised live performance in the spirit of Experiment, the theme of the conference. The improvisation was built onto a structure of four sections, exploring Emily’s routine rhythms, her domestic daily life, interrupted by her passionate poetry. We also performed this in June 2017, as part of ReLit Summer School, Worcester College, Oxford.

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